Did anyone, particularly any attorney, realistically think that the Myrtle Beach motorcycle helmet ordinance would survive a legal challenge? The S.C. Supreme Court ruling striking the ordinance has an abundance of case law precedent. The fact that the ordinance was clearly not a matter of public safety, but one punitive in nature, makes me wonder what political leaders in Myrtle Beach were thinking when they came up with this.
I wonder how the citizens of Myrtle Beach feel about having their tax dollars wasted on unnecessary legal fees. They would have had a better chance had they reduced the speed limit on city roads to 5 miles per hour. Maybe what Myrtle Beach should do now is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, or perhaps secede from the state of South Carolina.
Unfortunately the Supreme Court ruling strikes the capricious ordinance but does not mitigate the ill will the city has created with thousands of bikers, who would have continued to participate in the motorcycle rallies had the ill-conceived ordinance never seen the light of day. I am not a motorcycle rider and I don't live in Myrtle Beach, but I vicariously enjoyed the fun the rally participants had, and appreciated the significant economic boost these rallies brought to the Grand Strand. I believe most rally participants were, and are, law-abiding citizens, and that the criminal element is no greater than that of the general population or of the millions of tourists who visit the area. The rallies were clearly not the equivalent of college kids spending spring break in Daytona Beach or Cancun.
The writer lives in Longs.
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